Why Is the Statue of Liberty Green?

See how Lady Liberty turned green. Young scientists learn that oxidation reactions have caused the originally red-brown Statue of Liberty to become its current shade of green. An engaging video explains how the copper in the statue reacts with oxygen, sulfur dioxide, and chlorine to become atacamite.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Team up with a history teacher for the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should be familiar with parts of atoms, such as electrons
  • Individuals must have knowledge of chemical reactions

  • Diagrams aid understanding
  • Thorough explanations make the concept clear

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